DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2015
The Islamic State’s success in infiltrating elite Egyptian military units and banding together with the Palestinian Hamas poses mounting danger to the life and rule of Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi. debkafile: A large group of Egyptian officers and men has defected to ISIS led by Hisham al-Ashmawy, who is seen as the hand behind the prosecutor general’s assassination and other attacks on regime officials. Tuesday, July 21, a joint ISIS-Hamas force struck the Multinational Force and Observers in northern Sinai - the first ever attack on the MFO, which is still ongoing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015
President El-Sisi is a prime target for assassination by an ISIS or Muslim Brotherhood hit-man, who could come from his inner circle of guards, like the Islamist who murdered his predecessor Anwar Sadat.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 7, 2015
Monday, July 6, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott unveiled Israel’s answer to the rising ISIS threat nearing its gates: the new Commando Brigade. An amalgam of four elite units, it is designed for quiet, bold, covert and effective action against terrorist groups posing a threat in the Sinai Desert to Egyptian sovereignty and Israel’s southern border. Such action would be coordinated closely between Israeli and Egyptian military and intelligence arms. There would be similar operations if necessary from Israel’s northern border – against Hizballah or any threat from Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2015
The heavy fighting between the Egyptian army and Islamic State in northern Sinai evolved by its sixth day into an asymmetrical contest. debkafile: By Monday, July 6, the Egyptians were depending heavily on Apache helicopter air strikes to fight off the Islamist terrorists, who were using guerilla tactics to send foot soldiers to strike by night and mount ambushes by day. The Apaches strike any moving object. ISIS has lost 241 men since July 1, but can keep going in the long term thanks to a constant influx of manpower and war materiel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 3, 2015
The statements by different Israeli spokesmen this week on Egypt, ISIS and Hamas were at dangerous variance with the actual events on their back door. They seemed to overlook the radical axis formed by ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, which threatens Egypt with a drawn-out bloody war, overrunning much of Sinai up to the Suez Canal, seizing the Gaza Strip and launching major assaults on Israel. Friday, July 3, rockets suspected to have come from Sinai raised alerts in parts of southern Israel and administered a much-needed dose of reality.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015
Egyptian president El-Sisi joins the Syrian and Iraqi leaders in ISIS’s crosshairs, after hundreds of jihadis stormed Egyptian positions in northern Sinai. They were empowered by a longstanding pact with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015
US, Israeli and Egyptian intelligence spotters should not have missed the extensive ISIS-Sinai preparations for a major offensive in which the jihadis displayed exceptional and dangerous military competence.
Some 200 dead – Egyptian troops, Islamists, civilians - in major ISIS-Egyptian battle in North Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report July 1, 2015
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant moved ominously close to Israel’s borders Wednesday, July 1 – not as predicted in the north, but in the south. In Sinai, ISIS followed up on its Ramadan terror outrages in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, with a massive offensive against Egyptian forces stationed around Sheikh Zuwaid near the Israeli and Gazan borders. Around 200 people were killed in the fierce ten-hour battle – Egyptian troops, Islamist attackers and civilian. Israeli and US Mid East forces were on the ready in case of more ISIS attacks.
After terrorists claim 13 lives in Sinai, El-Sisi reshuffles top army, navy, intelligence and Suez Canal chiefs
DEBKAfile Special Report April 13, 2015
President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi was spurred Sunday, April 12, to make a clean sweep of his top counter-terror commanders by two more deadly attacks in northern Sinai by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the lslamic State’s local branch. They claimed 13 deaths, seven of them Egyptian troops, including two officers, and injured more than 50. To stem the attacks and smuggling of arms and fighters, the military intelligence chief was sacked, the Navy commander replaced, the Sinai force given a new top officer and the Suez Canal Administration strengthened.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015
Egypt has joined forces with Israel to fight the spreading Islamist terror which is escalating on three fronts from Libya to Sinai and from Suez to the Delta. Israel is contributing advanced military drones.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2015
Egyptian and Israeli intelligence have discovered the former Ansar Bait al-Maqdis - reborn as the Islamic State’s operational arm in Sinai – well into advanced preparations for a large-scale terrorist offensive targeting Israel forces manning the Egyptian frontier, along with another multiple assault on Egyptian targets in Sinai, the Suez and Cairo. debkafile: Elated by the success of their Jan. 29 multiple attacks, which left at least 40 Egyptians dead and more than 100 injured, the Islamist group is determined to keep going. Israeli forces are well prepared.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015
ISIS tacticians figured that the horrific murder of the Jordanian pilot would drum up anti-US sentiment and popular Arab calls to quit the US-led coalition.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2015
Saturday night, January 31, the Islamic State capped a month of atrocities by beheading its second Japanese hostage, Kenjo Goto. In January alone, the Islamists are known to have killed at least 70 people in 10 targeted European and Middle East countries. They trailed horror through France, Spain, Belgium, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Libya, with Britain preparing for the worst. debkafile: This sweep is orchestrated by Abu Ali al-Anbari, a former major general in Saddam Hussein’s army - currently the Islamist terrorist organization’s top commander.
IDF pulls units from locations bordering Gaza, ignoring rising Egyptian military and al Qaeda activity
DEBKAfile Special Report January 4, 2015
Israel’s military refers to Hamas in terms of an independent entity confined to the Gaza Strip, when as recently as December, Hamas’ jumped aboard the Iran-led Iraqi-Syrian-Hizballah alliance. It is now subject to Tehran’s decisions, which may also touch on the moves dictated by President Obama. Israel’s policy, furthermore, of relying on the Egyptian army to grapple with Al Qaeda’s Sinai network also comes at a price. For Egypt has moved into Sinai with Israel’s quiet consent one and a half divisions, fighter squadrons and tank battalions. That’s just for starters.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2014
A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel, in proximity to the Suez Canal, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, debkafile reports. Since Ansar pledged allegiance to IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdad considers Sinai a province of his Islamic caliphate. His forward command in Sinai is directed to move from targeting Egypt to fighting the “Egyptian-Zionist alliance.”
Egyptian troops hunt Hamas, Islamic Jihad rocket gangs loose in Sinai. Palestinians stall on truce talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2014
The Egyptian military are scouring northern and central Sinai for Hamas and Islamic Jihad rocket squads and the launching sites they have buried beneath the desert surface, according to debkafile’s exclusive sources. They turn out to have established an elaborate rocket-launching network in Sinai in the week before the Aug. 26 ceasefire in Gaza - both as a second front against Israel, and as a lever, in case the Cairo negotiations later this month failed to meet their terms for a deal. But those talks are stalled anyway by furious Palestinian inter-faction feuding.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 30, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry called Saturday, Aug. 30 for a “coalition of nations… to stamp out the disease of the Islamic state group,” following President Barack Obama highly-criticized denial of a strategy for “dealing with Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.” The British premier revealed that Al Qaeda carried out the attack on the Jewish museum of Brussels. World leaders wax eloquent on the Islamist peril, but prefer to fight it at leisure through “allies” and “coalitions.” Israel too avoided reacting to the abduction of 43 UN observers at its Golan back door.
US arms rushed to Iraqi Kurds from Jordan, Israel. Al Qaeda-Sinai targets US Negev military facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 11, 2014
The Kurdish Peshmerga fight against Islamic State terrorists broadened out Monday, Aug. 11, with the US arms airlift to the semiautonomous Iraqi Kurdish capital, Irbil, of large quantities of military hardware from the Mafraq King Hussein Air Base in Jordan and US emergency stores in the Israeli Negev. The US will soon run out of air strike targets without fielding special forces on the ground to mark them. debkafile reveals: Al Qaeda in Sinai reinforced by IS fired rockets at US and Israeli Negev bases in support of Hamas’ war on Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014
Washington will let Egypt have Apaches but will keep a weather eye on strongman Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi whose plans may go a lot farther than counterterrorism to coveting Libyan oil.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014
Israel has set up new IDF formations for combating potential terrorist incursions from three al Qaeda-ruled areas adjoining its borders, while also planning to use drones.